LaCree Parrish

Meet Our Pro

LaCree Parrish

Production Operator

As the construction of our new polyethylene plant in Monaca, USA, continues, Shell Polymers has been hiring a team of industry experts, aka Polymer Pioneers and Polymer Pros, with proven track records. Here, Production Operator LaCree Parrish discusses her role and the part she plays in ensuring the plant can deliver high-quality product safely and reliably.

A Day in the Life of a Production Operator

LaCree is based in the site’s utilities and general facilities (UGF) section and when the polyethylene plant opens, her role will involve maintaining and monitoring major pieces of equipment. “So, a typical day for me will include surveillance rounds – walking through the unit checking for leaks, abnormal noises, or vibrations in various equipment,” she says.

“Right now, we’re still in the construction phase, so I have a different focus. Most of the time, I’m training, learning about quality inspections, becoming familiar with safety procedures and writing procedures,” she says. “As the opening gets closer, another important aspect is building relationships within the integrated commissioning team.”

“A typical day for me will include surveillance rounds – walking through the unit checking for leaks, abnormal noises, or vibrations in various equipment.”

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An Unrivaled Customer Experience

Of course, preparation is key in the armed forces and LaCree’s military background is evident when she explains that she is striving to learn as much as she can about the plant ahead of startup to ensure a positive outcome. “As production operators, we play a critical role in the plant’s safe and efficient operation, so we need to have a thorough understanding of how it all works,” she explains.

“In the UGF section, we don’t serve traditional customers, so we tend to think of the process units as our customers. We provide the ethylene cracking and polyethylene units with a steady supply of high-quality utilities, so they can make the product our customers are counting on. Everyone is working together towards the same goal.”

Creating a Reliable Polymer Supply with Leading-Edge Simulation Technology

“We provide the ethylene cracking and polyethylene units with a steady supply of high-quality utilities, so they can make the product our customers are counting on. Everyone is working together towards the same goal.”

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LaCree’s Top Four Ways Shell Polymers is Breaking the Mold

  • Technology

    “Because we’re a new facility, we can leverage cutting-edge technologies that will set us apart from legacy sites.” 

  • Teamwork

    “Throughout the plant, everyone is working towards a common goal: ensuring we can deliver high-quality product safely and reliably.” 

  • Training

    “We’re using some really innovative training techniques, including a state-of-the-art simulator and virtual reality.” 

  • Predictive Maintenance

    “To help avoid unplanned downtime, we’re implementing artificial intelligence to help detect equipment failures before they happen.”

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